Time to Call the EU’s Bluff

The last fortnight has seen the negotiations with the European Union stop and start with very little progress as far as we are being informed. After the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier, was forced into isolation after one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The negotiations did continue at a lower level, but with Barnier and for some reason Lord Frost also out of the picture, progress has been muted.

However, Barnier seems to have come out of his box a little overexcited. Before setting off to London tonight (November 27th) to recommence negotiations in person with Lord Frost over the weekend, Barnier briefed the EU Member States on the current state of play on the negotiations.

He labelled them ‘complicated’, and claimed the talks had been hindered by the internal problems of the Conservative Party! Well, he’s got to blame someone, hasn’t he? He went on to suggest a Deal is far from being guaranteed and serious divergences remain. He finally stated he wants these talks in London to be the final days of the negotiations and he is arriving with hope, not expectation.

The sheer lack of respect from Barnier is frankly appalling. He has buried his head in the sand for far too long and is washing his hands of any responsibility by blaming the Conservative Party for the lack of progress.

We should not have agreed to restart the talks with false promises of EU compromises as the EU clearly only wanted us to capitulate, and had no intention of realistically agreeing to our perfectly reasonable ‘Red Lines’ on fishing, State Aid and governance.

Just today, Barnier has reportedly offered to return just 15% of the EU’s fishing quota to the UK as part of the Brexit Deal. This derisory offer appears to have been instantly rejected by the Prime Minister – and rightfully so! If Barnier is to return to London to continue the negotiations, he must do so professionally and sensibly. No more pitiful offers.

Boris Johnson should not stand for this. He should order Lord Frost to not give him the time of day and call the EU’s bluff one last time. I am quite sure Barnier would soon come running back – forced to do so by some of the Member States who would be most affected by No Deal – including all the French fishermen who would no longer have ANY right to fish in the UK’s water – instead of coming to a reasonable trade agreement.

However, surprisingly Lord Frost stated today he believes a trade Deal is still possible and is going to ‘welcome’ Barnier to London – as reasons to carry on with the Brexit negotiations run out. I am scratching my head as to why we are still at the table. Perhaps Michel Barnier has decided he likes British food after all!

How Long is Left to Negotiate?

Senior diplomats in Brussels – including those on the European Council – expect a Deal to be wrapped up early next week, with some hopeful Monday (November 30th) will be the day a Deal is agreed.

This is because the Deal will need time to pass through the necessary legislative processes for ratification and be translated into various European languages. This can be an accelerated process in the UK, but in the EU, it will need several weeks.

This new deadline of December 1st will more than likely come and go – just like every other deadline in these negotiations.

This is because the EU Parliament has already booked a virtual plenary session for MEPs on December 28th, 11 days into the long Christmas break MEPs usually enjoy! This means there is certainly more time than anticipated to finalise a Brexit Deal – however, I am amazed and frustrated they do not understand this delay can cause chaos, as how on earth can businesses plan in advance, if a deal is not finalised until close to New Year’s Eve!

However, there is no excuse for this pantomime to carry on like this, while businesses which have been struggling to hang on during the COVID-19 Pandemic are trying to reopen. They have no idea how they will be trading with or without their European customers in the New Year.

This is why we need your help one more time in getting the Prime Minister to stand firm and challenge the EU’s latest bluff.

Before I continue – if Get Britain Out is to carry on with our fight – especially now we’re on the final stretch, we really do need more donations to keep us going.

We really appreciate the donations we have received so far, but at this vital final stage, donations are becoming less and less. The only way we can keep up the pressure on the Government is if I have the money to pay for my 2 staff and our very small office (I work from home).

We are so close now and the next few weeks will either MAKE OR BREAK BREXIT. We need a REAL BREXIT instead of a Brexit In Name Only (BRINO).

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We at Get Britain Out believe Government Ministers need at least one last push to do the right thing. This MUST be the final straw. Businesses are still crying out for clarity on how they will trade with the EU in the New Year. Progress in the trade talks is going nowhere. Let’s Leave the EU on World Trade Organization terms and trade with the EU just as we trade with everywhere else around the world.

Get Britain Out has produced an easily editable letter template for you to send via e-Mail every Cabinet Minister, Lord Frost and the Prime Minister.

These letters can be downloaded and edited below – it is important to send them out as soon as possible – by e-Mail or post – as the *new* deadline for the talks is in a few days’ time.

All you need to do is download them and edit the letters to put in your own details. Please send as many as possible and address them to the Government Ministers of your choosing and send the e-Mails.

Cabinet Minister’s e-Mail template

Prime Minister’s Letter template – Please print and post this letter as the PM has no e-Mail address. The Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Chancellor of the Exchequer’s e-Mail template

Chief Negotiator of Task Force Europe’s e-Mail template

Please copy and paste from our list of Cabinet Ministers and their e-Mail addresses below. 

Name Position Email
Boris Johnson Prime Minister boris.johnson.mp@parliament.uk
Rishi Sunak Chancellor of the Exchequer rishi.sunak.mp@parliament.uk
Dominic Raab Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs dominic.raab.mp@parliament.uk
Priti Patel Secretary of State for the Home Department withammp@parliament.uk
Michael Gove Minister for the Cabinet Office michael.gove.mp@parliament.uk
Robert Buckland Secretary of State for Justice robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk
Ben Wallace Secretary of State for Defence wallaceb@parliament.uk
Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care matt.hancock.mp@parliament.uk
Alok Sharma Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy alok.sharma.mp@parliament.uk
Liz Truss Secretary of State for International Trade elizabeth.truss.mp@parliament.uk
Thérèse Coffey Secretary of State for Work and Pensions therese.coffey.mp@parliament.uk
Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for Education gavin.williamson.mp@parliament.uk
George Eustice Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs george.eustice.mp@parliament.uk
Robert Jenrick Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government robert.jenrick.mp@parliament.uk
Grant Shapps Secretary of State for Transport shappsg@parliament.uk
Oliver Dowden Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport oliver.dowden.mp@parliament.uk
Lord Frost Chief Negotiator of Task Force Europe publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
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